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Great Ocean Drive Trail, Esperance Great Ocean Drive Trail, Esperance

  • 1-3 hours
  • 40 km

Esperance’s Great Ocean Drive is a 40 kilometre circular loop to explore by car that features a vast range of coastal elements such as stunning beaches, rocky headlands, small bays, steep cliffs and hidden ocean pools.

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This 2wd trail showcases the stunning Esperance area coastline, salt lake systems and coastal scrublands. Make it a day trip! From snorkeling, surfing, swimming, bike riding, bush walking, whale watching (in season) to just taking in the amazing view, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Highlights inlcude:

Jetty Headland - With a nature playground, food and coffee vans plus beautiful walkways, there’s plenty to do at the Jetty Headland. It also offers BBQs, restrooms and showers for public use.

Southern Ports - A viewing area of the Port and access to a sheltered beach. 

Nine Mile Beach - An explorer’s delight! Wander through the rock pools to discover a protected lagoon perfect for snorkeling.

Ten Mile Lagoon - Great for swimming and fishing, this beach is also the access point to ‘Free Beach’ where clothing is optional.

Ten Mile Wind Farm - Discover the history of the Esperance Wind Farm. A short walk past the first windmill will yield stunning views of the Wind Farm and ocean.

Pink Lake Lookout - Our once pink, Pink Lake is a lovely place to watch the sunset. Information on the lake’s history and why it is no longer pink is available on site.

Cannery Arts Centre & Lookout - A vibrant community arts centre that facilitates exhibitions and workshops. Climb the stairs at the rear of the Cannery for a view of the Esperance Bay.

Rotary Lookout & Walk trail - Boasting a 360˚ view of the town and archipelago makes this a wonderful spot to watch the sunset. There are two trails winding around Dempster Head with spectacular views of the crystal blue waters.

Salmon Beach Wind Farm - Discover the site of Australia’s first commercial Wind Farm on this heritage walk trail. 

Esperance Visitor Centre

(08) 9038 1555

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Time / Duration

Half day depending on stops



What To Pack

Group D - Drive Trails (Drive trails: 2WD & 4WD) required.

Trail Start

Esperance, 700km from Perth

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  • BBQ Facilities
  • Dog Friendly
  • Lookouts
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Toilet
  • Shaded Area
  • View Platform
  • Water Access Points

Best time of year

Summer, for swimming.

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